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HISTORY OF THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS, CHARACTER AND CON.
DITION OF THE FEMALE SEX, IN CIVILIZED

AND SAVAGE COUNTRIES,

FROM THE EARLIEST AGES TO THE PRESENT TIME.

BY THOMAS L. NICHOLS, M.D.

With a Preface,
BY STEPHEN PEARL ANDREWS.

NEW YORK:

FOWLERS AND WELLS, PUBLISHERS,

CLINTON HALL, 131 NASSAU STREET.

Boston, 149 Washington St]

(London, No. 142 Strand

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Entered, accoraing 1o Aut of Congress, in the year 1849,

BY THOMAS L. NICHOLS,
To the Clerk's office of the District Court of the United States, for the

Southern District of New York.

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EDITOR'S PREFACE.

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It has fallen to my lot to edit a new edition of this excellent work upon the history, the present condition, and the future destiny of Wo

This happens in the prosecution of a design I have formed to aggregate and issue, from time to time, through the efficient instrumentality of Messrs. Fowlers and Wells as publishers, such contribution as I m:y, to a kind of Library of Social Science, which shall be, in reference to the healthful relations of human beings to each other in society, what thc numerous recent and valuable works upon Physiology aro with reference to the health and well-being of the individual man. My own works on The True Constitution of Government,” and “ Cost the Limit of Price,” and that of Josiah WARREN on “ Equitable Commerce,” recently published by Messrs. Fowlers and Wells, under the general title of “ Tlie Science of Society,” are historically first upon the list of this collection. Other works, from the pens of both the last named writers, will appear from time to time. I am now happy to be able to add “ Woman in All Ages and Nations,” by DR. THOMAS L. NICHOLS-an author, whose clearness of intellect, whose purity of style, and whose broad humanitary sympathies and catholic toleration, render his writings alike fascinating and informatory. The graceful interningling of the most interesting facts of history upon the most interesting of all subjects, with a deep insight into principles and and pbilosophy, which characterize the present work, impart to it a cbarm which will insure its earnest perusal by all classes of persons. It remains merely to point out those features which relate it especially to Sociology or the Science of Society, and to utter a word of criticism upon some of the statements, which discoveries in that most interesting field of investigation, recently announced, show to be, in some measure,

erroneous.

The attributes, appropriate sphere, and true destiny of Woman constitute, for two reasons, the culminating point in social philosophy;

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